[TimorLesteStudies] 22 July: IILAH Seminar Series (Melbourne): 'Time to Draw the Line, in the Timor Sea that is' by Janelle Saffin (Activist, Advocate, Educator)
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Subject: 22 July: IILAH Seminar Series, 'Time to Draw the Line, in the Timor Sea that is' by Janelle Saffin (Activist, Advocate, Educator)
IILAH SEMINAR SERIES
'Time to Draw the Line, in the Timor Sea that is'
Activist, Advocate, Educator
Convenor: Professor Dianne Otto, Francine V McNiff Chair in Human Rights Law, IILAH Director, Melbourne Law School
The Timor Sea dispute between Australia and Timor-Leste can only be settled with the drawing or delimitation of the maritime boundary. It can be done by negotiation or by submitting to the judicial umpires. Australia prides itself on settling these matters bilaterally and has done so with PNG, NZ, Solomon Islands, New Caledonia and Indonesia, but refuses to do so with Timor-Leste. Australia also removed itself from the judicial umpires, the ICJ and ITLOS in 2002 on the eve of the restoration of Timor-Leste's independence. So where does this leave Timor-Leste? What are its options? This begs the question as to why Australia has not wanted to delimit maritime boundaries with Timor-Leste and why it would remove the judicial umpire.
In this seminar presentation Janelle will canvass these questions, looking at the legal nature of delimitation of maritime boundaries, covering the median line (equidistant approach) and continental shelf arguments, past agreements with neighbours and if they can bind third party states, and the petroleum political nature of the Timor Sea that guided Australia's earlier approach and now spills over to its current relationship with Timor-Leste.
It is said by both parties that it is a close and friendly relationship, but it can also be said that it is replete with tension, the major one the lack of the will to draw the line.
Janelle Saffin's involvement and political activism with East Timor began over 30 years ago. When she was in Federal Parliament, from 2007 - 2013 she chaired the Australian Parliament-Timor-Leste Group, advising the Australian Government and the Foreign Minister on matters relating to East Timor. As a Southern Cross University Council member and fellow she has supported a number of Timorese students, and has presided over the graduation of Timorese students in Dili in 2010.
DATE Wednesday, 22 July 2015
TIME 1.00 - 2.00PM
VENUE Room 608, Level 6
185 Pelham Street Carlton
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